Another Apple lawsuit has taken place, this time about alleged defective MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and MacBook computers. According to plaintiffs Uriel Marcus and Benedict Verceles, Apple knowingly sold faulty notebooks, claiming they were state of the art. The issue behind the Apple lawsuit was that these people said that the logic boards in some MacBooks were faulty from the beginning, and even after Tim Cook and co found out about it, they didn’t do anything to remedy the situation.
The Apple lawsuit was dismissed by U.S. District Judge William Alsup on the grounds that the plaintiffs failed to provide evidence that the notebooks were of sub-par quality. Now the controversy in this Apple lawsuit revolves around the fact that the Cupertino-based company made and sold these MacBooks with defective logic boards that failed after two years of general use. the plaintiffs said that Apple should face charges because they advertise these notebooks as being “state of the art”, which in their minds supposes a longer shelf life than two years, and I agree with them.
Most laptops should run without problems for at least 4 years, good examples of that shelf-life being Asus, Toshiba and Dell computers. A notebook’s logic board shouldn’t fail after two years of use, but still the judge dismissed the Apple lawsuit. The judge dismissed the plaintiffs claims saying that they could in fact use their notebooks for a “reasonable” amount time, even though 2 years doesn’t seem that reasonable in my mind. The plaintiffs also accused Tim Cook of not acting on the faulty hardware discovered in the MacBook units. The units were put up for sale in May 2014, and even though Tim Cook allegedly found out about the hardware issue, he didn’t do anything to remedy the situation or notify owners of affected MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air units.
This is what U.S. District Judge William Alsup concluded in the Apple lawsuit: “Plaintiffs have failed to allege that Apple’s logic boards were unfit for their ordinary purposes or lacked a minimal level of quality,” Alsup wrote. “Both plaintiffs were able to adequately use their computers for approximately 18 months and two years, respectively.” While the lifespan of these notebooks is below average, the Apple lawsuit was dismissed on just grounds, since the warranty period of 1 year has passed on the affected units. Even so, it is a bit alarming that there are Apple devices out there that are below average quality and there’s nothing we can do about it.